5 Questions With Dr. Nido Qubein

Personal Growth Magazine Asks Thought Leaders These 5 Questions…

1 – What are a couple of your most effective habits?

A. Early to bed; early to rise. Wake up at 4am daily, study for two hours, walk an hour.
B. Never go to sleep at night without answering the question: What did I learn today I didn’t know yesterday?

2 – How do you make your best decisions?

I ask three questions: What is the best thing that could happen, what is the most likely thing, what is the worst thing. If the most likely thing to happen as a result of that decision gets me closer to my goals and if I’m willing to deal with the worst thing that can happen, I go for it. Otherwise, I run away fast!

3 – How do you push through obstacles you face?

I exercise faithful courage.

4 – What did you give up in order to reach your goals?

Instant gratification.

5 – What is your favorite quote or saying and why?

My mother: “To be great you must first walk hand in hand and side by side with great people.”

Dr. Nido Qubein (NidoQubein.com) came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His journey has been an amazing success story. The Biography Channel and CNBC aired his life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,300 students from 40 countries. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide.

As a business leader, he is chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $185 billion in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide), and Dots Stores (a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country).

As a professional speaker, Dr. Qubein has received many distinctions including the Golden Gavel Medal, induction into the International Speaker Hall of Fame, and as the founder of the NSA Foundation in Arizona.

He has been the recipient of many honors including The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (along with four U.S. presidents), The Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans (along with Oprah Winfrey and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), the DAR Americanism Medal, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award, and Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina.